A BID to achieve Fairtrade status for the whole of Kirklees has been launched by two of the region’s biggest employers.
The University of Huddersfield and Kirklees Council have started a joint initiative to improve fair trade.
And they are inviting interested members of the public, local businesses and community groups to join them for a launch celebration next weekend.
The Fairtrade Kirklees launch will bring together people from across the area to mark the start of a campaign working towards Fairtrade status for Huddersfield and, ultimately, for the whole of Kirklees.
The university has already been awarded Fairtrade University accreditation by the Fairtrade Foundation earlier this year.
The launch will include keynote addresses from a number of speakers including the Mayor of Kirklees Clr Julie Stewart-Turner, Leader of Kirklees Council Clr Mehboob Khan, Barry Sheerman MP, University Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan, and Bruce Crowther the chairman of Garstang Fairtrade Group.
Garstang, near Lancaster, was the country’s first Fairtrade Town.
There will also be a Fairtrade exhibition with opportunities to try Fairtrade products and meet Fairtrade suppliers and those already involved in delivering Fairtrade projects.
This will allow visitors to see how they could make Fairtrade a part of their everyday lives or even their workplaces, businesses, organisations or community groups.
Prof Cryan said: “This event will appeal to people who are interested in helping to make Fairtrade a part of their community.
“It will be a real boost to our campaign to see members of the public at the launch, as well as those representing organisations and businesses.
“I am looking forward to what promises to be an extremely interesting afternoon.”
The launch will take place at the university on Saturday, October 24, from 1pm to 3pm.
Book your place as soon as possible by contacting the University Conference Office on 01484 472583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.